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    I have a question about using 'whether'.

    Hi, teachers.

    I have a question about using 'whether or not'.
    Can I omit 'or not' in the sentence 1. ? If they are removed, it seems OK to me.
    But can I omit 'or not' in the sentence 2. It doesn't seem fine to me.

    When I use 'whether' in the adverb clauses, such as sentence 2, should I include 'or' or 'or not' ?

    1. Let us know whether you will attend the conference or not.
    2. Whether it is cold or not, I'm going to go swimming this afternoon.

    Thank you
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    Re: I have a question about using 'whether'.

    I am not a teacher.

    In 1. "where" was a typo I suppose, and should have been "whether".

    In sentences such as 1. the "or not" can be omitted, although in this particular case I probably wouldn't.

    2. would make no sense without "or not".

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    Re: I have a question about using 'whether'.

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    2. would make no sense without "or not".
    Will it make sense without 'or not' if 'no matter' is added before 'whether'?

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    Re: I have a question about using 'whether'.

    Right. That was a typo. I edited it correctly and I appreciate your comment.
    It is helpful. ~
    Last edited by Barb_D; 25-Jun-2014 at 13:55. Reason: Unneeded quote deleted

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    Re: I have a question about using 'whether'.

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    Will it make sense without 'or not' if 'no matter' is added before 'whether'?

    No, and adding "No matter" does not improve the sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: I have a question about using 'whether'.

    This source discusses the uses of "whether" and "whether or not":

    http://afterdeadline.blogs.nytimes.c...ype=blogs&_r=0

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    Re: I have a question about using 'whether'.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Will it make sense without 'or not' if 'no matter' is added before 'whether'?
    No matter what the weather's like would work.

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